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Old August 21st, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by stormchaserJohn View Post
Even in the context of the fast-changing environment that is mobile development, the first chapter of what is considered to be an introductory book should not be so riddled with errors/omissions.

It is really bad form - even from a beginning Android developer's perspective - to drop text into the code without an accompanying string resource. It is irresponsible to encourage newcomers to the operating system to take such sloppy "short cuts".

Beginning Android has a long way to go before it becomes a book that I would recommend to anybody else.

The author addresses the lack of proper string resources later in the book when he says he uses a fix-it-later-approach, meaning he cuts corners during development, and cleans up the warnings later in refactoring.

While cleaning up later is a valid approach, one or two sentences early on as to what he's doing and why he's doing it could go a long way to alleviating beginners concerns about the warnings they'll receive.

The gotchas in this book are not insignificant, and they will literally pop up every few pages.
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